Netanyahu weighing 'defense pact' with US, Maariv

Ahead of 17/9 vote

10 July, 14:45

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, JULY 10 - Israeli defense minister Benyamin Netanyahu is considering a 'defense pact' with the Trump administration prior to the September 17 elections, reports Israeli daily Maariv. The publication said that not only does the White House agree, but that this is part of an agreement - despite Israeli political sources denying this - that calls for Netanyahu to accept area of time the Peace Plan that the US intends to keep secret until afterwards in Israel. The newspaper said that the prime minister needs good will gestures from the US more than ever now to win the elections. However, it added, the pact allegedly has several technical issues since Israel would reportedly be covered by a 'defensive umbrella' by the US in case of nuclear attack but it would have to coordinate ahead of time all of its immediate military initiatives with its ally.

    For this reason, the newspaper said, the alternative would be a middle-ground solution - such as a 'defense contract' - that would not be binding but that would have the same effect on Israeli voters ahead of the elections. (ANSAmed).

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